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17th June 2011
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Brand new to The Sleep Room is its 'build-a-bed' service - designed to give you even more choice when buying your bed online. With just two easy steps it couldn't be easier to create your perfect bed.
The Centinox encompasses elegance, style and precision engineering; it is a 'slim-top' sink which gives the appearance of a fashionable undermount model.
Winners of the Red Dot Award achieve international quality status, the privilege of displaying the red dot logo on all product-related marketing material and the opportunity to have the winning product displayed in the Red Dot museum in Essen, Germany.
The four-week exhibition entitled 'Design on stage' will be open after the awards ceremony on 4th July 2011.
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A common European contract law came one step closer to reality last week after MEPs backed proposals by the European Commission to establish an optional EU-wide system. But consumer groups warned that such a scheme would do little to boost cross-border trade and only add to the confusion faced by businesses and shoppers alike.
Introducing an EU contract law and a possible civil code is an ambitious long-term goal for supporters of closer European integration, as it is expected to make the EU's single market genuinely borderless, reports EurActiv.
Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents the latest additions to its superior product portfolio; two gas-on-glass hobs with digital timers...
The digital timers featured on the HG9611MDB gas on glass hob, and the HG1111MDB panoramic gas on glass hob, help to make cooking even more convenient and efficient. The consumer can use the timers to programme the desired cooking time, or keep an eye on the elapsed time. Once the specified cooking period has completed, the burner automatically turns off, preventing burning of food or overflowing pans.
A worker was injured by a falling stack of cookers and washing machines at one of the UK's largest electrical equipment recycle firms.
Environcom England recycles waste electrical equipment for some of the biggest electrical retailers in the country, but Grantham Magistrates' Court heard how a Polish agency worker suffered bruising to his back and chest after an unsafe stack of appliances fell on him.
Painted ash timber doors in a traditional style with tongue & groove effect centre panels lead the way in creating a luxurious look without busting the budget. Natural oak and painted Ivory finishes are available from stock with 13 other standard earthy tones produced to order.
Following unprecedented demand, FIRA's Hong Kong testing facility - FIRA-CMA Testing Services, has expanded its capacity for furniture testing.
Five additional testing machines manufactured by FIRA in the UK, have been delivered, installed and commissioned by FIRA's Paul Greenbank.
The new ceiling hood has a sleek symmetrical design with four integral halogen lights; a perfect combination of modern technology and style.
Galaxy Hoods are unobtrusive and efficiently provide all the extraction capabilities required. Two models are available to suit most requirements; the Galaxy Slim with integral motor fits into a ceiling cavity up to 300mm deep, and the Galaxy with separate motor. Now there is no need to have a large void above the ceiling as the motor can be integrated elsewhere for a standalone unit.
Tile manufacturer and distributor, the CP Group, has been searching for the next generation of home-grown talent recently, undertaking a student design project in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield.
In a bid to discover new talent and further relationships with the University, a six week design project was launched for 29 first year students all studying a BA (Hons) in Surface Design for Fashion and Interiors. Students were introduced to the latest trends in interior design, developments in tile manufacturing and given a personal insight into the CP Group's innovative production techniques before being invited to put forward a new tile design at the company's Head Office.
Amica's brand new freestanding 60cm ZWM626W dishwasher and its smaller brother, the slimline 45cm ZWM426W model, will look great in any kitchen in pure white with a discreet panel containing six control buttons and electronic LED salt and rinse aid indicators.
InstallerLive is thrilled to announce that the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is now the official event partner for the show. The Skills Academy will be involved in a number of major activities at InstallerLive (16th - 19th October 2011) including the new interactive 'Eco Challenge' feature.
The Eco Challenge gives visitors the opportunity to test their skills against each other in an exciting, timed competition focused on installing green technologies. The aim of the Eco Challenge is to raise awareness of the skills that will be required to fit renewable technologies in the light of current and future Government initiatives, such as the Green Deal, Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that EQ Software, one of the first dedicated business management software solutions of its kind to be designed for the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom industry, is the latest industry supplier to become a corporate member.
Today, employees are becoming increasingly aware of their employment rights, and the number of cases filed before Employment Tribunals has escalated. Noticing this change in behaviour, The Furniture Ombudsman, which specialises in providing law advice and guidance to the furniture industry, has introduced an Employment Law course to their training schedule.
Organised and hosted by Hillingdon Play Association in celebration of National Family Week, which runs from 30th May to 5th June, the Arts, Cooking & Play Day was the first of three days of family fun for local children during Half Term.
Available in three sizes to suit any space, the Ribble cabinet features a white tongue and groove finish ensuring it will blend in and enhance any bathroom design, while its mirrored door makes it ideal for situating above the washbasin. Inside there is an adjustable shelf and ample space for storing smaller toiletry items and medicines.
In a Reader's Digest survey of 1,000 people across the UK, almost one in four consumers chose Hotpoint as their most trusted large kitchen appliance brand.
A new collection of designer push plates has been launched by Siamp UK.
The 15 new additions take the range to 27. Boasting a more fashion-led look than the standard range, they come in coloured glass and chrome with light and depth effects and can be can be used with Siamp UK's extensive range of cistern mounting frames.
Domestic and commercial customers can also create a bespoke plate by customising one of the standard designs with an image of their choice - a cutting template is supplied with the customisable plate.
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News in Brief
Moods Bathrooms has extended its Mixer Shower range to include an extensive new choice of valves, heads and kits. E: email@example.com
A fantastic range of radiators and towel rails feature in the 80 pages of MHS Radiators' latest catalogue. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Terrapin for securing a contract to supply almost 400 bathroom pods for a smart housing development in East London, close to the Olympic Park. E: email@example.com
Dolphin Bathrooms says its distribution agreement with Mark Two has dramatically improved service, achieved record delivery targets and reduced costs. T: 0800 626 717
West Midlands-based kitchen manufacturer Xymade has just published its 2011 ZED Kitchens brochure. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Furniture Industry Research Association recently hosted a Biomass Summit at its Stevenage-based head office.
Workers in building trades in the Humber region are being given the chance to learn how to recognise and deal with one of their industry's biggest killers - asbestos.